SEATTLE - JULY 31: Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 31, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Rays defeated the Mariners 8-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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For the most part, the Rays put together a constant stream of hits and runs that kept Seattle exhausted. Both teams got plenty of men on base, but it seemed like only the Rays could bring them home. 11 hits, 4 walks, and 3 errors produced 17 base runners to shine a light at the end of this dark tunnel / road trip.
The game started with Desmond Jennings taking first on an error, stealing second, then taking third as Miguel Olivo threw the ball into center attempting to pick Dezzy. The rookie would score on a ground ball to Figgins by Evan Longoria, sliding easliy under Olivo's tag. In other words, he's fast.
Sean Rodriguez continued his renaissance as a short stop and Ben Zobrist continued his monster year. Both men had three hits and three runs batted in. S-Rod, Sam Fuld and Jennings each had a stolen base. Jake McGee and Mike Ekstrom then closed the door with two innings of scoreless pitching. A very positive sign of good things to come!
The Rays finish the road trip 4-6, disappointing given they are now third in the wild card race. The Rays management have confidence in this team, it's time for the players to live up to that confidence. The Rays return home with David Price on the mound vs. the fourth place (wild card and AL East) Blue Jays.